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Le Diplomate

4.8
4.8
11943 Reviews
$31 to $50
French

Stephen Starr brings his signature brand of hospitality and design to the nation’s capital with the opening of Le Diplomate, located at 14th & Q. Serving lunch, brunch and dinner, the stylish 260 seat restaurant transports diners to the beloved cafés of Boulevard Saint-Germain in Paris. The extensive menu features a variety of classic dishes including Onion Soup Gratinee, Steak Frites, and Poulet Roti as well as contemporary bistro fare, with dishes such as Shaved Veal Tongue with Mache and Bavette de Boeuf à l’Echalote. A thoughtfully curated wine list and cocktail program perfectly complements the cuisine and creates an environment suitable for romantic dinners or lively group gatherings. In warmer weather, enjoy dining "en plein air" in the stunning outdoor café where you can take in the bustling energy of DC while sipping on the perfect kir royale.

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Booked 381 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Midday Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 332-3333

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Greg Lloyd

Popular dishes

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 11,943 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    French

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Most Booked

  • District of Columbia

    French

  • District of Columbia

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent New York Strip paired with immaculate vibes.

  2. KB

    KatieB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing as always. Service was wonderful and delicious shrimp salad and fries.

  3. RM

    RichardM

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service5ambience1

    The food and service were exceptional. However, the crowded conditions and almost unbearable noise level made my return questionable.

  4. k

    kgindc

    Washington DC

    143 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    143 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    I found the onion soup quite delicious but somewhat salty. Burger was great. Lobster frites was pricey but very good.

  5. CW

    CarolW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our 18th anniversary was a very memorable evening thanks to the excellent customer service of our waiter, Ben, and the outstanding food. Thank you!

  6. m

    midnight

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food4service1ambience4

    I am a dc native and for LD, you expect service to be more than flawless. We had a very poor experience with a passive, disinterested server. Our food came before drinks, something was missed, other requests for the most part accommodated by another lovely server. He didn’t seem to be bothered when we noted the sequence. We will be back but the mood for our experience was dim. Any restaurant, despite popularity, should hold their bar high for service.

  7. CA

    CAnthonyR

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food5service2ambience3

    Service was quite slow and not very good. We had to ask a few times for our waiter, for bread, and to order. Overall an ok experience, but service wasnt great.

  8. J

    Joemart

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food and service was excellent.

  9. d

    dcguy22209

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Classic French Bistro in style & food selections. A bit noisy.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    I brought my fiancé for the first time for his birthday. He had been wanting to try this restaurant since he loves French food. I had the duck confit, but something within the dish tasted very salty. I am not sure if it was maybe the potatoes or the sauce. Additionally, he had the steak with Pom frites, he felt the sauce for the steak was very “oniony” and left a taste that made him queezy. Additionally, the ricotta ravioli almost felt like it was frozen and reheated, it did not feel fresh. While the service was great, the food made me feel embarrassed that he did not have the experience I expected him to have for his first time here.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and food!

  12. A

    Asher

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Birthday - we ordered the seafood platter for three and the fish was delicious, very fresh. The bread is always wonderful and the cheese platter was also delicious.

  13. A

    Ariel

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    excellent food and service with great outdoor dining options - everything from entree to cocktail is well executed

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    73 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    73 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience1

    Way to noisy to make it worth it. Service overwhelmed

  15. SS

    SSRez

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic place! The experience matched the reputation. The food was very well done, the service was great, and the ambiance was trendy.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service

  17. ML

    MarshaL

    Fort Lauderdale

    92 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    92 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Good onion soup and probably the best Dover sole ever! Nice dessert but the crème l’orange should have more orange slices and orange zest throughout.

  18. DH

    DavidH

    Baja California Sur

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food and ambiance

  19. B

    Bridgette

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Delicious trout almadine, but very heavy on the butter and almonds, so make sure you like rich food. Service was good, but not exceptional. You can tell they have a shortage of staff.

  20. MB

    MsBrown

    Washington DC

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    OK so I have a new favorite restaurant and I can't say how much it knocked me off my feet!! The atmosphere is beautiful inside and out, now I know why my boss and his family frequent this place so much. Thank you for an amazing experience chocolate martini, bread, seafood tower, salad, and last BUT DEFINITELY NOT LEAST the freaking frites were out of this world!!

  21. M

    Macintosh

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience3

    Too popular and therefore complacent. Shame because the concept is good and the food above average.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing experience as always! Can’t wait to be back.

  23. p

    planetmom

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The is was a college graduation lunch

  24. F

    Foodlover

    Indiana

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our first time at Les Diplomate and we were delighted! Great food, an energetic but comfortable atmosphere, and super service! Loved our table by the window, as well. Highly recommend!

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    Everything was amazing! Food was outstanding. The

  26. EE

    ElizabethE

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience5

    Bread was cold, All meals were barely warm, atmosphere was great

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service lobster risotto incredible.

  28. r

    raulh

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Chanelle was outstanding! Didn’t press us to hurry, was professional and terrific!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great service with no rush!

  30. t

    toutoften

    Washington DC

    170 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    170 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We were a party of five for lunch on May 17th. We sat in the covered outside area on Q Street, and for the first 30 minutes a truck was parked running its engine very loudly. It was very disturbing and we could barely hear. Would it be possible for someone on Le Diplomate's staff to tell the driver to at least turn off the engine while parked there? It's happened to us before, but this was by far the worst. It made for a less than pleasant experience.

  31. SE

    SEB1

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    wonderful as always! We love the food and ambiance

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and food! Highly recommend it!

  33. SC

    SebastianC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food and service, as always. Le Diplomate never disappoints.

  34. F

    Felix

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding service. Delicious food. you cannot go wrong with le Diplomat!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Law graduate

  36. CM

    CharlotteM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My family and I ate here to celebrate my graduation and it did not disappoint! The steak au poirve was one of the best steaks I've ever had! We also greatly enjoyed the mac and cheese appetizer as well as the creme brûlée and pot de creme desserts!

  37. PB

    PeterB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This old standby never fails. You can't go wrong with ANYTHING on its menu. Outside dining is great albeit a bit noisy but no matter. Go for the food. And the profiteroles.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and service was amazing. I will definitely return to this restaurant. The duck confit is fantastic!

  39. JM

    JennMarie

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    Lovely aesthetic and dishes, will definitely return.

  40. AW

    AliciaWhite27

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service. Great atmosphere. Excellent food…..

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

FAQs

Le Diplomate offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 332-3333.

Le Diplomate is rated 4.8 stars by 11943 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

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Booked 381 times today
Google Map for Le Diplomate

1601 14th St. NW Washington, DC 20009

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Q Street

  • Neighborhood

    Logan Circle

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Midday Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    French

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Greg Lloyd

  • Additional

    Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch

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